A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma
Thursday, March 28
When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, a young film student in love with Japanese theater and movies, Japan was little more in his mind than a fantasy of a faraway land. But he soon found his way to the heart of the city’s underground culture, even accepted as a member by an avant-garde Butoh group. Amid the dancers, carnival acts, and hustlers of the city’s surreal night life, he became the rare gaijin, or outsider, who is allowed in.
Beautifully written, funny, and insightful, A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young writer and the city that shaped him.
Ian Buruma is the author of Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War; Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Toleranc; and The China Lover: A Novel, among other books.